About the Project

Welcome to my second Prerelease crowd funding campaign. It’s exciting to have another new album of music to offer to you. In the past year I have been taking stock of a great deal of music that I have composed. After committing to a song a week writing discipline, partly motivated by my desire to join Patreon and have work to share with my patrons, I have accumulated a vast amount of material.

Having so much work to choose from has allowed me to create a document that is thematic, not only in what the songs are about, but in the sound that I managed to capture. I therefore see The Tighter You Hold Onto Something… as a concept album of sorts, in a similar way to Shy Ghosts. You might even call this the anti-shy ghosts as instead of a minimalist approach, I decided I wanted to make these songs lush and instead of a basic song writing ethos, these songs are surprisingly complex. Still those familiar with that album, will still see this album as kindred. The minor keys and haunting melodies that I, and you, love are still present, as are the themes of sadness and loss, transformation and hope.

As with my last campaign this campaign is about reaching out to you, the members of my community, as much as it is about sharing the accomplishments of the past year’s writing and recording. While my dreams of artistic self-sufficiency have not been fully realised as yet, the success of the first campaign did help me to steal my resolve and continue ploughing on and making the music that I love. So thank you to all that contributed to last year’s campaign for helping me to make it through another year.

The reason this campaign is important remains. While I love sharing my music with everyone, giving it away doesn’t help me pay the bills, or bring food onto the kitchen table, for my family and myself. Therefore, any money that you pledge will not only help me to realise another album project by creating the artifacts that go with it – pressing the CDs, creating the books and T-shirts that you can claim, but also allow me to write more music, make more recordings and help me to continue to explore the rich musical world inside me. I can’t do this on my own, and I want to stay independent in order to continue following the vision that has inspired me now for 20 years. That’s why I continue to need your help, by becoming my patron you can help me to write the songs that speak to your heart in happiness and sorrow. With your help I can produce more inspiring and meaningful works of art that tell stories that are wonderful and real and yet seldom heard from the commercial musical world. Help me to serve you with stories that speak of and to your life.